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Max von Essen: Call Me Old Fashioned

Aug 19 Through Aug 18 | Mon |

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Tony Award nominated leading man, Max von Essen, celebrates the release of his debut solo recording, Call Me Old Fashioned: The Broadway Standard, (LML Music), with one show at Birdand on August 19th at 7pm (showtime). Doors open at 5pm for dinner. Cover charges range from $53 (inc. fees) to $73 (inc. fees.). Minimum Food and Beverage purchase required.

Call Me Old Fashioned: The Broadway Standard embraces von Essen’s love of the golden age of Broadway and the American Songbook with thirteen tracks including songs and medleys from composers George and Ira Gershwin, Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner, Andrew Lloyd Weber and Irving Berlin, and more.

"It's pure elegance.” - Amanda Prahl, Broadway World

Von Essen, whose performance as Henri Baurel in the Broadway production of An American in Paris earned him a Tony nomination, teamed with pianist/arranger Billy Stritch to co-produce Call Me Old Fashioned: The Broadway Standard. Stritch leads a trio which includes Steve Doyle on Bass and Daniel Glass on Drums. Cellist Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf appears on two tracks. The legendary Birdand is located at 315 West 44th St, between 8th and 9th Avenues, ZIP 10036. Show time is 7:00 PM, with doors opening at 5:00PM for dinner and/or drinks. Phone: 212.581.3080. Tickets may be purchased online at:

Max became widely known to Broadway audiences as Henri Baurel in the Tony Award winning production of An American in Paris, a role which earned him nominations for the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Grammy Awards. Other Broadway credits include Evita, the revivals of Les Misérables and Jesus Christ Superstar, Dance of the Vampires, and the closing company of the original Les Misérables.

Von Essen's concert work is in high demand, taking him all over the country, including The Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, where he'll be headlining with the New York Pops in January 2020.

Billy Stritch is one of the premier singer-pianists on the New York and national jazz and cabaret scenes. He began his career in Houston, Texas, where he formed the vocal trio Montgomery, Plant and Stritch. In addition to his 25-year collaboration with Liza Minnelli, Stritch recently toured with the legendary Tony Bennett as Bennett’s pianist and musical director. A solo entertainer in his own right, Stritch has presented shows (including tributes to Mel Tormé and Cy Coleman) in concert halls and nightclubs across the country. He serves as music director for such leading vocalists as Linda Lavin, Christine Ebersole, Paulo Szot and Marilyn Maye. Stritch is the co-writer of the iconic Grammy-winning song “Does He Love You” recorded by Reba McEntire and Linda Davis. When he’s not on the road, Stritch is the pianist for Jim Caruso’s Cast Party every Monday at New York’s legendary Birdland Jazz Club and he and Caruso hold forth on Sunday nights at Bemelmans Bar in Manhattan’s fabled Carlyle Hotel.

Venue: Birdland

315 West 44th Street Map